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'I'm happy for Toronto because they'll be remembered as my 500th victim' – Zlatan on landmark goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 or more senior club and international goals after scoring an eye-catching e…

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Man Utd hold on to inflict first defeat on Watford

Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United withstood a spirited second-half challenge from Watford to claim back-to-back victories and condemn the Hornets to their first defeat of the season.

United scored twice in three first-half minutes as Romelu Lukaku diverted Ashley Young’s cross in via his chest before Chris Smalling fired home Marouane Fellaini’s knock-down.

Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second half through Andre Gray, but despite putting Jose Mourinho’s side under heavy pressure for the final 20 minutes, they were unable to find an equaliser.

Nemanja Matic was sent off after a mistimed challenge on Will Hughes saw him pick up his second booking in the closing minutes, but United were able to hold on to claim their 15th victory over Watford in their past 16 meetings.

Pogba the heartbeat for United

The Hornets had the better of the opening 20 minutes, Troy Deeney forcing a superb save from David de Gea, but United grew in confidence immeasurably after their quick-fire double strike.

Lukaku’s fourth league goal of the season came in bizarre fashion as he turned home Young’s cross with his lower chest.

In contrast, Smalling showed the technique and poise of a seasoned striker to bring down Fellaini’s knock-down on his chest and volley into the roof of the net.

However, while Belgium midfielder Fellaini was involved in both goals, it was a Frenchman who was United’s heartbeat.

On his 100th appearance for the club, Paul Pogba played with real confidence – testing Foster twice from distance in the first half, before being brilliantly denied on the brink of half-time.

Alexis Sanchez also impressed and did have the ball in the net on 24 minutes, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside, but United were made to work for the win in the second half as Watford grew into the game.

Sanchez and second-half substitute Anthony Martial both had opportunities to make the result safe in late counter-attacks as Watford pressed for an equaliser, but fine interventions by Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele denied them.

However, United were not made to pay for those missed chances, as their backline stood firm to close out a hard-earned win and three points.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 2JanmaatSubstituted forFemeníaat 72′minutes
  • 15CathcartSubstituted forSuccessat 88′minutes
  • 27Kabasele
  • 25HolebasBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMasinaat 84′minutes
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29CapoueBooked at 34mins
  • 19Hughes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 9Deeney
  • 18Gray

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Mariappa
  • 10Success
  • 11Masina
  • 12Sema
  • 14Chalobah
  • 21Femenía

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 25A ValenciaBooked at 81minsSubstituted forBaillyat 90+2′minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 18Young
  • 6Pogba
  • 27Fellaini
  • 31MaticBooked at 90mins
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMartialat 71′minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forMcTominayat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 13Grant
  • 17Fred
  • 36Darmian
  • 39McTominay
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
20,537

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

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Match ends, Watford 1, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+6′

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Manchester United 2.

Posted at 90’+5′

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David De Gea.

Posted at 90’+5′

Attempt saved. Christian Kabasele (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes with a cross.

Dismissal

Posted at 90’+3′

Second yellow card to Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) for a bad foul.

Posted at 90’+3′

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).

Posted at 90’+3′

Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Posted at 90’+2′

Substitution, Manchester United. Eric Bailly replaces Antonio Valencia.

Posted at 90’+1′

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiko Femenía.

Posted at 90′

Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Substitution

Posted at 88′

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Craig Cathcart.

Posted at 85′

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 85′

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford).

Substitution

Posted at 84′

Substitution, Watford. Adam Masina replaces José Holebas.

Substitution

Posted at 84′

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Posted at 83′

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiko Femenía.

Booking

Posted at 81′

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Posted at 81′

Hand ball by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Posted at 79′

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Posted at 77′

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Posted at 76′

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Posted at 76′

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 75′

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Substitution

Posted at 72′

Substitution, Watford. Kiko Femenía replaces Daryl Janmaat.

Substitution

Posted at 71′

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Jesse Lingard.

Booking

Posted at 70′

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at 70′

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 70′

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Posted at 67′

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 67′

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Posted at 66′

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Posted at 66′

Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Posted at 65′

Goal! Watford 1, Manchester United 2. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Posted at 62′

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Posted at 62′

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 62′

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

Posted at 62′

Attempt blocked. Christian Kabasele (Watford) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross.

Posted at 61′

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Posted at 59′

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 59′

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

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What happened in the Premier League on Saturday?

Liverpool and Chelsea maintained their 100% starts to the Premier League season on Saturday, while Manchester City thumped Fulham to move into third place.Jurgen Klopp’s Li…

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Manchester City 3-0 Fulham: Champions ease to victory to maintain unbeaten start

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane marked his return to Manchester City’s starting line-up in style as the defending champions eased past Fulham to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Sane, making his first league start for Pep Guardiola’s side this term, opened the scoring inside two minutes with a simple tap-in from Fernandinho’s pass.

The brilliant David Silva doubled the hosts’ lead before the break, with Raheem Sterling all but securing the win two minutes into the second half.

A fourth win in five games keeps City within touching distance of league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, who have taken maximum points so far.

City were rarely troubled by the newly promoted Cottagers, restricting the visitors to handful of half chances at Etihad Stadium.

The hosts, perhaps with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Lyon, eased off the pace in the second half but could have added to their lead with a number of opportunities falling to substitute Gabriel Jesus.

Sane starts as Silvas star

Sane enjoyed a glittering season as Manchester City won the title last term, scoring 10 goals and proving one of Guardiola’s main attacking outlets, but he has been restricted to a spot on the bench so far this campaign.

It took the winger, who also surprisingly missed out on a place in Germany’s World Cup squad in the summer, less than two minutes to find the net on his return.

The hosts punished Fulham’s Jean Michael Seri for giving the ball away in midfield as Fernandinho broke forward and teed 22-year-old Sane inside the six-yard-box.

City’s only dropped points this season came at newly promoted Wolves but, having not lost at home to a promoted team in 11 years, they were always in complete control against Fulham and doubled the lead on 20 minutes.

Bernardo Silva’s good work down the left was eventually finished off by David Silva’s half volley that struck the bar on its way in – it was the Spaniard’s 50th Premier League goal, becoming the fifth City player to reach that landmark after Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

Sterling had also hit the bar in the first half as he and Sane caused problems out wide, but the England forward got his reward for a strong performance within two minutes of the restart as he tapped in from Aguero’s low cross.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 18DelphSubstituted forGündoganat 67′minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 74′minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 54′minutes
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 22Christie
  • 4Odoi
  • 26Mawson
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 24SeriSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 56′minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 8Johansen
  • 19ViettoSubstituted forAyitéat 69′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 14Schürrle

Substitutes

  • 5Chambers
  • 11Ayité
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 21Fosu-Mensah
  • 23Bryan
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 31Fabri
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
53,307

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home28
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

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Match ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+4′

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.

Posted at 90’+3′

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ederson.

Posted at 90’+3′

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Posted at 90’+1′

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Posted at 90′

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Posted at 88′

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Posted at 83′

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 81′

Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Posted at 78′

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Posted at 78′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 77′

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Posted at 74′

Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.

Posted at 73′

Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Substitution

Posted at 69′

Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Luciano Vietto.

Posted at 69′

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Posted at 69′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 68′

Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Posted at 67′

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Fabian Delph.

Posted at 66′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Posted at 66′

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 65′

Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is caught offside.

Posted at 63′

Offside, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Posted at 62′

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Posted at 60′

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City).

Posted at 60′

Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 59′

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Posted at 56′

Substitution, Fulham. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Jean Michael Seri.

Posted at 56′

Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

Posted at 56′

Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 55′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Posted at 55′

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Substitution

Posted at 54′

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Posted at 52′

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 52′

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 52′

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Posted at 50′

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Posted at 48′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

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Manchester City 3-0 Fulham: Champions ease to victory to maintain unbeaten start

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane marked his return to Manchester City’s starting line-up in style as the defending champions eased past Fulham to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Sane, making his first league start for Pep Guardiola’s side this term, opened the scoring inside two minutes with a simple tap-in from Fernandinho’s pass.

The brilliant David Silva doubled the hosts’ lead before the break, with Raheem Sterling all but securing the win two minutes into the second half.

A fourth win in five games keeps City within touching distance of league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, who have taken maximum points so far.

City were rarely troubled by the newly promoted Cottagers, restricting the visitors to handful of half chances at Etihad Stadium.

The hosts, perhaps with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Lyon, eased off the pace in the second half but could have added to their lead with a number of opportunities falling to substitute Gabriel Jesus.

Sane starts as Silvas star

Sane enjoyed a glittering season as Manchester City won the title last term, scoring 10 goals and proving one of Guardiola’s main attacking outlets, but he has been restricted to a spot on the bench so far this campaign.

It took the winger, who also surprisingly missed out on a place in Germany’s World Cup squad in the summer, less than two minutes to find the net on his return.

The hosts punished Fulham’s Jean Michael Seri for giving the ball away in midfield as Fernandinho broke forward and teed 22-year-old Sane inside the six-yard-box.

City’s only dropped points this season came at newly promoted Wolves but, having not lost at home to a promoted team in 11 years, they were always in complete control against Fulham and doubled the lead on 20 minutes.

Bernardo Silva’s good work down the left was eventually finished off by David Silva’s half volley that struck the bar on its way in – it was the Spaniard’s 50th Premier League goal, becoming the fifth City player to reach that landmark after Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

Sterling had also hit the bar in the first half as he and Sane caused problems out wide, but the England forward got his reward for a strong performance within two minutes of the restart as he tapped in from Aguero’s low cross.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 18DelphSubstituted forGündoganat 67′minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 74′minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 54′minutes
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 22Christie
  • 4Odoi
  • 26Mawson
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 24SeriSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 56′minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 8Johansen
  • 19ViettoSubstituted forAyitéat 69′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 14Schürrle

Substitutes

  • 5Chambers
  • 11Ayité
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 21Fosu-Mensah
  • 23Bryan
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 31Fabri
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
53,307

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home28
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

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Match ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+4′

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Fulham 0.

Posted at 90’+3′

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ederson.

Posted at 90’+3′

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Posted at 90’+1′

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Posted at 90′

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Posted at 88′

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Posted at 83′

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 81′

Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Posted at 78′

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Posted at 78′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 77′

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Posted at 74′

Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.

Posted at 73′

Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Substitution

Posted at 69′

Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Luciano Vietto.

Posted at 69′

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Posted at 69′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 68′

Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Posted at 67′

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Fabian Delph.

Posted at 66′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Posted at 66′

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 65′

Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is caught offside.

Posted at 63′

Offside, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Posted at 62′

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Posted at 60′

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City).

Posted at 60′

Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 59′

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Posted at 56′

Substitution, Fulham. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Jean Michael Seri.

Posted at 56′

Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

Posted at 56′

Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 55′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Posted at 55′

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Substitution

Posted at 54′

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Posted at 52′

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 52′

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 52′

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Posted at 50′

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Posted at 48′

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

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Hazard hat-trick as Chelsea hit back to beat Cardiff

Eden Hazard has now scored five goals in his past three Premier League games for Chelsea

Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick as Chelsea swept aside Cardiff City to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season and go top of the table.

The newly promoted visitors took the lead when Joe Ralls’ free-kick was headed by captain Sean Morrison into the path of Sol Bamba, who volleyed home.

However, Hazard scored twice in seven minutes before half-time to send Chelsea in on top.

The Belgium international scored his third with a late penalty after Bamba brought down Willian, who added the Blues’ fourth from long range.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 7Kanté
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forBarkleyat 50′minutes
  • 11PedroSubstituted forWillianat 68′minutes
  • 18Giroud
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forZappacostaat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Drinkwater
  • 8Barkley
  • 13Caballero
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 22Willian
  • 27Christensen
  • 29Morata

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 22Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 21Camarasa
  • 8Ralls
  • 7ArterSubstituted forRichardsat 45′minutes
  • 33Hoilett
  • 14ReidSubstituted forPatersonat 71′minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forMadineat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 6Richards
  • 10Zohore
  • 13Paterson
  • 18Cunningham
  • 24Madine
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
40,499

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+5′

Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

Posted at 90’+3′

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 90’+3′

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt missed. Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

Posted at 87′

Attempt saved. Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Posted at 87′

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Bruno Ecuele Manga with a cross.

Substitution

Posted at 84′

Substitution, Chelsea. Davide Zappacosta replaces Eden Hazard.

Goal!

Posted at 83′

Goal! Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Goal!

Posted at 80′

Goal! Chelsea 3, Cardiff City 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Posted at 80′

Penalty Chelsea. Willian draws a foul in the penalty area.

Posted at 80′

Penalty conceded by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Posted at 77′

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

Posted at 77′

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Posted at 77′

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gary Madine replaces Danny Ward.

Substitution

Posted at 71′

Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Bobby Reid.

Posted at 70′

Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).

Posted at 70′

Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 69′

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

Substitution

Posted at 68′

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Pedro.

Posted at 67′

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Ward with a headed pass.

Posted at 63′

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Posted at 62′

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Rüdiger.

Posted at 52′

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Posted at 50′

Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic because of an injury.

Posted at 48′

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Posted at 48′

Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 46′

N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 46′

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Second Half

Posted at

Second Half begins Chelsea 2, Cardiff City 1.

Substitution

Posted at 45′

Substitution, Cardiff City. Jazz Richards replaces Harry Arter because of an injury.

Half Time

Posted at 45’+4′

First Half ends, Chelsea 2, Cardiff City 1.

Posted at 45’+2′

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 45’+2′

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Posted at 45’+1′

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Posted at 45’+1′

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Luiz.

Posted at 45′

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

Posted at 45′

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Posted at 45′

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Posted at 44′

Goal! Chelsea 2, Cardiff City 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

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Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to maintain 100% Premier League start

Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool beat Tottenham to maintain their 100% start to the season and secure victory in each of their first five league fixtures for the first time in 28 years.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s looping first-half header, awarded by goalline technology, set Jurgen Klopp’s side on their way before Roberto Firmino hammered home from close range.

Erik Lamela scored late on to set up a tense finish, but they could not create another clear chance to equalise.

The result means Spurs have suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since the final two fixtures of the 2015-16 season.

Liverpool’s powerful statement

Liverpool’s title ambitions have been clear since the arrival of expensive summer acquisitions such as £67m goalkeeper Alisson from Roma to top up other new signings Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, as well as the £75m purchase of defender Virgil van Dijk in January.

The expectations have been heightened by those four straight wins but a trip to face Spurs at Wembley, where they were well beaten 4-1 last season, was regarded by many as the acid test of those aspirations.

They answered in the most positive manner possible and confirmed their growing status as the team most likely to topple reigning champions Manchester City. This game was never as close as the final scoreline suggests.

True, Spurs were astonishingly lethargic but it would be unfair to remove credit from Liverpool on the basis of the home side’s performance.

The Reds were more vibrant, dangerous and energetic from the first whistle and moments of discomfort when they were not in control were few and far between.

The imperious Van Dijk ruled at the back, Liverpool were dominant in midfield and the pace of Sadio Mane and the guile of Firmino were simply too much for Spurs.

Sloppy Spurs suffer in the sun

Spurs looked like they had recorded a landmark win when they went to Manchester United and came away with a convincing 3-0 victory.

It looked like the sort of statement manager Mauricio Pochettino had been seeking – but how the tables have turned since that night at Old Trafford.

Spurs conceded a lead to lose at Watford and to be brutal they were a very serious second best to Liverpool at Wembley.

Pochettino was without injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, particularly expensive given Michel Vorm’s uncertainty, and Dele Alli – but so many aspects of this performance will have disappointed the demanding Spurs manager.

Spurs looked exhausted and off the pace almost from the first whistle, second to everything, and to see his side look so leg-weary and drained so early in the season will concern Pochettino.

Of course it is early days and far too soon to be raising serious questions about Spurs but the manner in which they were so completely outmanoeuvred by a team they will rightly regard as close rivals was ominous at times.

It could be that Spurs are suffering a hangover from the World Cup as seven of their starting line-up were involved until the semi-final stage.

And, of course, it may have been a very bad off-day.

Pochettino will hope it is the latter after a day of suffering in the Wembley sun for Spurs.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 2Trippier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forLamelaat 60′minutes
  • 15DierSubstituted forWanyamaat 83′minutes
  • 8WinksSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 73′minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 10Kane
  • 27Lucas Moura

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Wanyama
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 33Davies

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forMatipat 90′minutes
  • 12Gomez
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 7Milner
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forSturridgeat 83′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Roberto FirminoSubstituted forHendersonat 74′minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Sturridge
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 32Matip
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
80,188

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away16

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Posted at

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Liverpool 2.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+6′

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Liverpool 2.

Posted at 90’+4′

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 90’+4′

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

Goal!

Posted at 90’+3′

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Liverpool 2. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

Posted at 90’+2′

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Posted at 90’+1′

Offside, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

Posted at 90’+1′

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

Posted at 90′

Substitution, Liverpool. Joel Matip replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Posted at 89′

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Posted at 89′

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 88′

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Posted at 88′

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 88′

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Posted at 88′

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 87′

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Posted at 87′

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 86′

Hand ball by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Posted at 86′

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

Posted at 86′

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 86′

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Posted at 85′

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Posted at 84′

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Posted at 84′

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Posted at 83′

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 83′

Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Substitution

Posted at 83′

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama replaces Eric Dier.

Substitution

Posted at 83′

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Naby Keita.

Posted at 81′

Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Posted at 81′

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Posted at 81′

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner.

Posted at 78′

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Posted at 78′

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 78′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at 77′

Delay in match Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Posted at 75′

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Posted at 74′

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Roberto Firmino because of an injury.

Posted at 74′

Hand ball by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Posted at 73′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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Referee Andrew Dallas issues Olivier Ntcham with a red card

Celtic had to settle for a draw after Olivier Ntcham’s first-half red card blotted an unconvincing display against a vibrant St Mirren in Paisley.

The Frenchman’s needless second yellow card underlined the champions’ unease as the hosts created the best chances.

Cammy Smith, Lee Hodson and Ryan Flynn all went close to giving boss Oran Kearney a dream start.

Celtic saw Dedryck Boyata’s header cleared off the line, with the Belgian looping another late effort over.

Substitute Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor also wasted second-half chances in a lethargic display by Brendan Rodgers’ side, who moved to within two points of early pace-setters Hearts.

But defeat would have been harsh on St Mirren, who were instantly galvanised under new manager Kearney after conceding 12 goals in their last four games under Alan Stubbs.

St Mirren’s magical transformation

During the week the new St Mirren manager brought in a magician-cum-motivator called Rod Hogg to entertain his players and lighten the mood around them.

Hogg said he did a few tricks and conducted a bit of hypnosis. Not half. Compared to the error-ridden, soft touches of before, this was a stunning transformation.

In the first minute, Ryan Edwards clattered into Kieran Tierney. He got a booking, but he set an agenda. St Mirren, with five changes from their 4-1 loss to Hearts, worked like demons. They were organised and energetic, they were committed and dangerous. There was a clarity about them all night. Celtic were troubled from early on.

Ntcham committed two fouls before he finally got booked, then committed another, then another, a ridiculous lunge on Stephen McGinn seven minutes before the end of the half that brought a deserved red card.

By then Kearney’s team had created five reasonable chances. Craig Gordon punched clear from Smith’s free-kick, Flynn headed over, Gordon saved again from Smith, Jack Baird fired wide and Hodson had his low drive tipped away by the Celtic goalkeeper.

The visitors had one chance, a Boyata header from a corner that was cleared off the line by Flynn.

The hosts had a numerical advantage and they warranted a goals advantage, too. They did not just contain Celtic in that opening half. They were better than them.

The champions changed things soon after, Griffiths replacing debutant Filip Benkovic.

Griffiths joined Odsonne Edouard up front for much of the rest of the game. Instead of playing to win, St Mirren were pushed back and played not to lose. This was bodies behind the ball and bodies on the line.

Celtic just were not good enough to break St Mirren’s new-found resolve. Callum McGregor had a big chance with six minutes left but his shot could not beat Craig Samson, while Griffiths did find the net in injury-time, but was flagged offside.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 2McGinn
  • 35FerdinandSubstituted forMacPhersonat 73′minutes
  • 15Baird
  • 21Hodson
  • 4McGinn
  • 8Flynn
  • 7Magennis
  • 10SmithSubstituted forCoulsonat 78′minutes
  • 27EdwardsBooked at 2mins
  • 18MullenSubstituted forWillockat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Coulson
  • 14Kirkpatrick
  • 19Jones
  • 22Willock
  • 28MacPherson
  • 39Erhahon
  • 46Muir

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 35Ajer
  • 32BenkovicSubstituted forGriffithsat 60′minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 49Forrest
  • 8BrownBooked at 79mins
  • 21NtchamBooked at 37mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 42McGregor
  • 18RogicBooked at 70mins
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forChristieat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 17Christie
  • 23Lustig
  • 27Mulumbu
  • 29Bain
  • 73Johnston
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
7,288

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Posted at 90’+4′

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Celtic 0.

Posted at 90’+2′

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Posted at 90’+1′

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Posted at 90’+1′

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 90′

Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Posted at 89′

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jack Baird.

Posted at 88′

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Posted at 87′

Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Substitution

Posted at 87′

Substitution, St. Mirren. Matty Willock replaces Daniel Mullen.

Posted at 86′

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Posted at 86′

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 85′

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at 81′

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Booking

Posted at 79′

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at 79′

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 79′

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Posted at 78′

Substitution, St. Mirren. Hayden Coulson replaces Cameron Smith.

Substitution

Posted at 73′

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron MacPherson replaces Anton Ferdinand.

Posted at 73′

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Posted at 73′

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 72′

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

Booking

Posted at 70′

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at 70′

Hand ball by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Posted at 69′

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 69′

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Posted at 67′

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 67′

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Posted at 64′

Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Posted at 62′

Attempt blocked. Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Posted at 62′

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Posted at 60′

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Filip Benkovic.

Posted at 55′

Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 55′

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Posted at 53′

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Filip Benkovic.

Posted at 51′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at 50′

Delay in match Tomas Rogic (Celtic) because of an injury.

Posted at 49′

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 49′

Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).

Posted at 49′

Ryan Edwards (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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